“My water is coming from a city water main, not a well, so the water quality is fine, right? My water is going through a treatment process already.”
You are correct. However, something to keep in mind is that this water has miles and miles to travel before it enters your home. Along the way, it can pick up contaminants. No water treatment plan can be 100% effective at removing all the impurities from your water.
There’s always a chance that some trace elements such as lead or cyanide can make their way into your home’s water supply. There is no “safe” level of exposure to these materials, either. If you want to add a layer of protection to your home’s water supply, then you should consider the installation of a whole-house water treatment system. This is particularly true if you notice the following symptoms.
Limescale buildup is something that impacts thousands of homes throughout the country as the result of hard water. You may think because it’s so common, that it’s harmless. As far as drinking and bathing in, hard water is harmless. What it can do, though, is hurt your quality of life by slowly breaking down your plumbing system. Plumbing pipes with advanced limescale accumulation can develop pinhole leaks and even require replacement. If the limescale from hard water isn’t cleaned out, it will harden and become impossible to remove without damaging your plumbing.
There are a few different ways you can tell if you have limescale in your plumbing system. Be on the lookout for any white, chalky substances around your home’s faucets, or in your shower. This is limescale, and if you have it in these areas then you almost certainly have it inside your pipes, too. A water treatment system is a great way to protect your home from this—specifically, a water softener.
Strange Taste and Odor
There are a variety of potentially harmful waterborne materials that can change the flavor and smell of water. Few people enjoy the taste of tap water anyway, and it’s bound to have some sort of mild taste. But if you notice some substantial taste in your water, particularly if it is metallic, you should have a trained pro check your water to ensure it doesn’t need treatment.
Usually accompanied by a strange taste and odor, water that is also discolored should be another big sign that you need a water treatment system installation.
Some slight discoloration may not immediately indicate a serious problem with your water supply, but if the discoloration is extreme or the water is opaque, the best thing you can do is call our water quality experts, and if possible, stop using your water until we can take a look. It’s best that you stop drinking or bathing in this water until you have a professional check it and make recommendations from there on what you should do.